Traveling by yourself can be a stressful thing let alone traveling with your pup! You have to think about all of your needs, what to pack, what to wear, how much to bring, and who knows what else! Everyone always seems to forget one thing and they usually realize this as soon as they leave the house, hopefully its nothing important.
Taking your dog on a trip can add a sense of stress, but this guide should help you make traveling with your dog a breeze.
What to do Before the Trip:
When you are planning to take a trip with your dog there are a few things you will want to prepare in advance for convince and safety. These things will apply for car trips and plane trips!
- Take your Pup to the Veterinarian: Before going to an area you are unfamiliar with it is a good idea to get your dog a wellness check. You will want to make sure all of his/her vaccinations are up to date and get a certificate showing this! Rabies is especially important to have, if your dog bites or is bitten by another animal you need to have proof of vaccination. It is always good to have an extra copy of this paperwork. Airlines will need to see a health certificate prior to travel. You will also want to research Veterinarians nearby where you are staying, just in case anything happens. Have a go-to plan in case of emergency. You should be able to google the closest 24-hour veterinary hospital closest to where you are staying. Make sure to have the emergency number and your regular Veterinarian’s office phone number accessible.
- Identification: Prior to leaving for your trip you should make sure that your dog has the proper identification markers just in case they get loose. The best way to ensure that your dog has permanent identification is with a microchip. The microchip has a unique one of a kind number that is associated with your information. Animals Shelters, Veterinarians and Police will scan lost animals to see if they have a chip. The next best form of identification is dog tags. Make sure you have a sturdy leash and collar/harness. The collar should have a new tag with all of your information. This information should be easy to read and hard to remove from the collar/harness. This tag should be on the same hook as the rabies identification tag. If you are worried that your pup is going to run off it might be a good idea to make a second tag that has the location and phone number of where you are staying while you are traveling. Be prepared!
- Pack (or make your packing list): This is quite possible the most important checklist you will have! Packing is going to differ based on the type of travel. Regardless, there will be essentials that you need to bring. For example, you will need to plan out how much food to bring or find a pet store close to where you are staying that sells your pet’s food. If you buy a specialty pet food or treat is a good idea to bring extra just in case. You will want to remember things such as a leash, extra collar or harness, toys, a bed, and food and water dishes.